K9 Ranch is a conveniently located home on the range whose owners and staff share your priorities as dog-parents — dog-parents whose love for their four-legged children never fails to make the prospect of leaving them in someone else’s care something of an emotional wrench. Ranch-owners Julie and Ronn board dogs and they provide daycare for dogs — but, ultimately, what they do is love and respect them. For your dog, the ranch is a spacious, welcoming, rural environment, both relaxing and stimulating to the senses. For you, quite simply, it’s peace of mind.
Peace of mind can be a difficult commodity to come by, however, when you’re considering boarding facilities and weighing up your options. Who on earth could you possibly trust to value the well-being, comfort, health, contentment and safety of your dog as highly as you do? Where on earth could you possibly leave your dog and feel confident that they are being boarded in nothing short of a loving home away from home?
Yes, you could take at face value everything that’s written in the pages of this website. But, like most anxious dog-parents, it’s highly probable that you need more reassurance than this. You need to see the ranch for yourself.
If your dog hasn’t previously stayed at K9 Ranch, it’s highly recommended that an initial “meet and greet” visit be arranged. This casual-but-scheduled tour (lasting anywhere from twenty minutes to two hours, entirely your choice) will give you and your dog an opportunity to take a look at the ranch, meet the owners and staff and any sociable guests who happen to be present, have a good sniff around (this probably applies to only your dog) and generally get a feel for the welcoming K9 Ranch atmosphere. It will also enable ranch staff to get to know their potential new guest, and learn about his or her needs — and individual personality. This two-way once-over will ensure that K9 Ranch plus your dog equals a perfect fit.
There’s an important additional benefit to this pre-boarding visit: It allows dogs to form the understanding that K9 Ranch is an enjoyable temporary place to be — to associate a fun time at the ranch with an eventual return to their primary home, in their beloved parent’s care. Experience has shown that dogs who spend some time at the ranch beforehand will feel far less separation stress when it comes time for their actual overnight stay than dogs who don’t.
If you’re planning to be away for an extended period — greater than one week — and therefore will need to board your dog for that longer time, it’s advisable to take advantage of the ranch’s daycare service prior to the prolonged stay. Doing so will ensure that your four-legged child cultivates only positive and happy mental and emotional connections to K9 Ranch, and that their boarding here will be as enjoyable as possible.
Look at Your Own Dog’s Tail
So bring your dog out to K9 Ranch for a tour. Spend some time here together. Get to know the owners and staff. Even test the boarding waters by having your dog looked after for a shorter period of time than an overnight stay, by the ranch’s daycare service.
Then look at the gleam that will appear in your dog’s eyes. Try not to smile yourself when you witness their irrepressible canine grin.
And marvel at how joyfully their tail will wag and wag and wag.
One Last Thing
While a “meet and greet” tour is strongly recommended for the majority of dogs, it is actually a strict pre-boarding requirement for any unaltered male dogs and dogs of the following (typically more aggressive) breeds: Cane Corso, Fila Brasileiro, Bullmastiff, English Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Malamute, Pit Bull Terrier, Chow Chow, Dogue De Bordeaux, Saint Bernard, Presa Canario, Neapolitan Mastiff, Spanish Mastiff, Pyrenean Mastiff, African Boerboel, Dogo Argentino, Great Dane, Tosa, and Rottweiler.
Okay, One More Additional Last Thing
Please note that K9 Ranch reserves the right to refuse admittance to any canine guest who:
• fails the ranch’s standard health and temperament requirements/policies
• demonstrates aggressive behaviour
• displays evidence of untreated or potentially contagious conditions
• lacks proof of vaccinations
Booking a Tour
If you’re interested in scheduling a tour, simply phone the ranch at 905-936-2224 or visit our online booking system, create an account and request the tour time you would like.
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THE HOFF & K9 RANCH
Hollywood fact... K9 Ranch’s facility was used for the filming of the 2000 TV Movie
One True Love starring David Hasselhoff (a firefighter) and Terry Farrell (a dog kennel owner). Yes we can show you where
The Hoff might have stood.